National passionfruit breeding and evaluation program (PF19000)
What's it all about?
Beginning in 2020, this investment is continuing to develop and evaluate new scion varieties of passionfruit to ensure the sustainability of the industry. This iteration of the project will build on the work completed by National passionfruit breeding program (PF15000) which made progress towards the release of new commercial varieties before varietal decline affects the profitability of current ones such as Sweetheart and Misty Gem.
Broadly speaking, the project will:
- Increase confidence around future variety performance for the passionfruit industry through a variety replacement strategy that addresses current decline of variety performance
- Make available high performing selections with an increased yield of first-grade fruit and maintained consumer appeal as compared to standard varieties (Misty Gem and/or Sweetheart)
- Provide new knowledge relating to the genetics of fruit shelf life
- Establish a passionfruit breeding resource, comprising of a breeding strategy, traits information, an industry arboretum and variety performance trial data.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Passionruit Fund